Originally launched in 2015, the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 has evolved and now sees some significant changes in the Japanese domestic market. All updates will feature in other global markets from next year.
Known as the MX-5, Roadster, Roadster RF, and Miata, Mazda’s plucky coupe has received a fairly significant mechanical and technological update for its 2024 model year. While available for pre-order in Japan, the global version is expected to receive these revisions after its Japan market launch in mid-January next year.
One of the key changes in the 2024 Miata is the new LED headlights, which now incorporate day-time running lights. Previously, these lights were housed in the bumper and featured a dated design. The taillights have also received subtle updates, and Mazda has adopted LEDs throughout, including for the turn signals. Keep in mind the original model has been produced since 2015, almost a decade in the making.
To accommodate adaptive cruise control with Smart Brake Support, a radar sensor has been subtly added to the left side of the front grille. This feature can automatically stop the car while reversing at speeds of up to 15km/h when an obstacle is detected. The exterior updates are completed with the introduction of the Aero Gray Metallic paint option and new wheel designs in 16- and 17-inch sizes.
Inside, the outdated infotainment system has been replaced by a new 8.8-inch unit that brings a modern touch to the dashboard with its thinner bezels. This update is expected to improve functionality, as the previous system suffered from lag and an outdated user interface. Additionally, a new tan interior with a beige convertible top is now available, adding a classic roadster touch to the Miata.
Being a driver’s car, Mazda has also thrown in an asymmetrical limited-slip differential for improved stability, with the six-speed manual gearbox. The electric power steering has been adjusted to reduce friction, delivering a more natural and precise feel. The dynamic stability control system now features a DSC-Track mode, intervening only when necessary. While available in a 1.5l and 2.l motor, Mazda states the former receives a marginal power gain when running on high-octane fuels. The larger motor on the other hand, promises improved response during acceleration and deceleration.
This update ensures that the current generation Miata will continue to be available for at least a few more years, which will please purists considering its successor is likely to be electric to appease emissions regulations.